Green Bay Packers: 5 keys to success in 2018

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers clenches his right knee after being hit during the first quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 15: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers clenches his right knee after being hit during the first quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 15, 2017 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

1. Keep Aaron Rodgers Healthy

No matter what happens next season, the biggest key to success is to keep Aaron Rodgers healthy. If that doesn’t happen, the Packers won’t have a “successful” season no matter what.

Rodgers is the best player in the game, hands down, and is also the most impactful player. Part of this is due to the lack of talent on the rest of the Packers’ roster, but Rodgers deserves his credit as well. Even at 34-years-old, he can still do everything. He has one of the strongest and most accurate arms, can read defenses and is still extremely mobile.

The left side of the offensive line is locked down with stud tackle David Bakhtiari and guard Lane Taylor. Center Corey Linsley is secured at his position as well. The right side of the line is where the question marks lie. Justin McCray appears to have a leg up in the race for the starting right guard. However, right tackle is a cluster. With Bryan Bulaga unlikely to be healthy to begin the season, the Packers have a plethora of underwhelming options to choose from in Byron Bell, Kyle Murphy, Jason Sprigs and possibly Cole Madison.

However, it’s going to come down to a lot more than just the offensive line’s ability to protect Rodgers. The Packers are going to have to hope for a little luck as well in order for their MVP quarterback to make it through the whole season.